With a week left until April, draft prep begins to pick up. As do the mock drafts. Todd McShay put out his latest incarnationand this one goes two rounds deep. With most of the big free agent signings done, each team's biggest needs become more clear.
Two positions in which the Raiders had a need coming into the offseason and didn't address were inside linebacker and safety. Those are the positions McShay sees the Raiders going with their top two picks.
14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Ragland is a heat-seeking missile with the toughness to excel as a downhill linebacker. He thrived versus the run at Alabama, but he was never truly unleashed as a pass-rusher. He might have some hidden potential off the edge, possessing underrated speed (4.72 40-yard dash) and athleticism.
My thoughts: Previously McShay had the Raiders taking Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with this pick. Many others have had the Raiders taking MacKensie Alexander who McShay has falling into the second round. But after they had signed Sean Smith, most will figure they look to another position with their top pick. Both the top offensive tackles are gone, but Taylor Decker is still on the board. Also several good defensive tackles which McShay has a run of over the latter half of the first round. And for those who want Ezekial Elliott, McShay has the Dolphins snagging him just ahead of the Raiders at pick 13.
44.Oakland Raiders: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
Bell played in all 42 games during his career at Ohio State, showing natural ball skills and a knack for coming up big in critical moments. He's the best cover safety in this draft class.
My thoughts: If McShay couldn't have an Ohio State DB going to the Raiders in round one, he was going to make sure he had them taking one in round two. Bell is considered the second best safety in this class by most measures, including that of Mike Mayock. The top safety is West Virginia's Karl Joseph who McShay has coming off the board four picks earlier to the Giants. Safety seems a very good bet for the Raiders pick in the second round as it is probably their biggest need and no safeties are worthy of being chosen at 14 overall.